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      Grandma's Bolognese

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   None
Servings   8
Preptime   1

ounce dried porcini mushrooms
cup warm water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce pancetta or prosciutto, cut into -inch pieces ( cup)
1 small onion, minced (1 cup)
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced (4 teaspoons)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
pound coarsely ground beef, preferably 85 percent lean
pound coarsely ground pork
teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil, plus small leaves for serving
cup dry Marsala or red wine, such as Chianti
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped (2 cups) cup heavy cream Fresh Pappardelle 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
Soak mushrooms in warm water 30 minutes; drain, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms (you should have 1/3 cup). Melt butter in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; cook, stirring, until browned and crisp, about 1 minute. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons oil to Dutch oven; heat until shimmering. Add both meats, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Return vegetables to Dutch oven with marjoram, nutmeg, parsley, and basil. Add Marsala and bring to a boil; cook, scraping up browned bits, until liquid has almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup mushroom liquid and mushrooms, broth, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Stir in cream and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened, 20 to 25 minutes more.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until floating and tender, about 1 minute. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain. Transfer pasta to skillet with sauce. Add 1/2 cup pasta water; toss to combine and finish cooking, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat; add cheese and remaining 1/4 cup oil. Serve with more cheese, oil, pepper, and basil leaves, if desired.

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